Art in corona times 65. Yuk Kan Yeung & Antonius Nijssen, Verstilling (Stillness) – The Bliss of Solitude; Kadmium, Delft

Yuk Kan Yeung

There is a ‘soft’ emancipation going on in works by artists from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Chinese diaspora.

Yuk Kan Yeung
Yuk Kan Yeung

Of course this is not about the big investors’ art, but about ‘smaller’ art which tries to reshape its Chineseness in dialogue with the rest of the cultural world, with the strong conviction that neither tradition alone, nor radical rejection of it will bring something original.

Yuk Kan Yeung
Yuk Kan Yeung

Yuk Kan Yeung’s (1959) works are wonderful examples of that idea.

Yuk Kan Yeung
Yuk Kan Yeung
Yuk Kan Yeung

In the case of Yeung the use of porcelain and calligraphy may seem obvious for an artist with Chinese roots.

Yuk Kan Yeung
Yuk Kan Yeung

However, folding the very delicate porcelain into something characteristic without the idea of making a vase, a plate or a cup, and using calligraphy to let the porcelain breathe, so to speak, is quite a different story.

Yuk Kan Yeung
Yuk Kan Yeung

Presently Yeung shows porcelain objects and works on paper at Kadmium in a duo show with works by Antonius Nijssen (1955-2018).

Yuk Kan Yeung
Antonius Nijssen

His works may be described as geometric abstract.

Antonius Nijssen
Antonius Nijssen

One might even think about the so-called North Atlantic light, once observed by Willem de Kooning who had seen that light from both sides of the Ocean. However, Nijssen was quite a different painter.

Antonius Nijssen
Antonius Nijssen
Antonius Nijssen

Amongst others he has made some very interesting objects/paintings, with right angles in them.

Antonius Nijssen
Antonius Nijssen

In these works Nijssen makes the colours shine to compete with the shapes and shadows.

Antonius Nijssen
Antonius Nijssen

He seems to be less delicate with colours in these objects than in some of his ‘normal’ paintings, making them bright and playful but also reflective.

Antonius Nijssen
Antonius Nijssen

Being lucky to have had a private view of this – indeed – quiet exhibition, i hope Kadmium (closed at the moment because of Covid-19 restrictions) will be open to the public again soon.

Antonius Nijssen

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